“Sustainable Development and Human Rights: Can one exist without the other?”

Rules & Guidelines


  1. The United Nations office in Malaysia, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), the Bar Council and the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) are jointly hosting the 2015 Human Rights Day Celebrations (HRDC) in Malaysia.

  2. In conjunction therefore, PROHAM in partnership with the Brickfields Asia College (BAC) are jointly hosting a Speech Competition for law students on the topic “Sustainable Development and Human Rights: Can one exist without the other?” on 8th December 2015 at the BAC Campus at Petaling Jaya.

  3. The Speech Competition is to promote awareness of Human Rights amongst undergraduate law students enrolled at public or private Universities and Colleges.

  4. Each Speech for the Competition shall be in the English Language on the topic which :- 
    • 4.1 shall be original and contain legal arguments; and
    • 4.2 could focus on the UN document entitled “Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which are the 17 sustainable development goals with 169 targets, including the preamble sections; or
    • 4.3 may refer to relevant UN human rights declarations and conventions such as Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Convention on Civil & Political Rights, Convention on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights ; or
    • 4.4 may refer to all the UN Conventions ratified by Malaysia such as the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW), the Convention on the rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; or
    • 4.5 may also refer to UN Declarations which Malaysia endorsed such as the Right to Development & the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People; and
    • 4.6 may refer to the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016-2020) and all socio-economic and development policies and plans of the Federal governments;

      Please read the following carefully and ensure compliance thereto.


  5. All Speakers must be law undergraduates enrolled at any public or private university or College in Malaysia.

  6. All Speakers shall register online at on or before 24/11/2015 and pay the sum of RM10.00 to;

    “Brickfields Asia College Sdn Bhd”

    Hong Leong Bank Account

    A/C : 04800213048

    Please email a copy of the deposit slip to

  7. There shall be chosen from all Speakers taking part in this Speech Competition, seven to ten short listed from the initial qualifying rounds held on Dec 7 and Dec 8, 2015 for the final round to be held at 7.30pm at BAC - PJ Campus.

  8. All Speakers will be awarded a Certificate of Participation or such other certificate or award as deemed fit by the Organizers.

  9. Subject to the number of Speakers who have registered, there may be qualifying rounds held from 10 am to 5 pm on 7 & 8 December 2014.

  10. All Speakers shall orally present in the English language an original speech (defined as having done own research and scripting).

  11. Speeches shall be for 10 minutes and will be timed from the first word spoken.

  12. It is the duty of the timekeeper or the Judge to time each Speech. Time signals will be given in the following manner :-

    12.1 end of the 6th minute - single ring of the bell;
    12.2 end of the 9th minute - double ring of the bell;
    12.3 end of the 10th minute - triple ring of the bell.

  13. All facts and figures used in the Speeches shall be accurate and all sources of quotes and references must be acknowledged by the Speaker.

  14. Plagiarism shall not be tolerated under any circumstances and will result in immediate disqualification. Even if subsequently discovered that a Speech or part or parts thereof was plagiarized, the Speaker shall forfeit and return any award or awards presented. The Organizers shall have the right to publicly announce the said forfeiture and demand the return of such award or awards.

  15. No abusive words or gestures shall be allowed and shall not be tolerated under any circumstances.

  16. All complaints regarding Rule violations may be made either orally or in writing to any of the Judges for the Competition.

  17. Speeches will be adjudicated by a minimum single Judge or an odd number of Judges at any level of the Speech Competition.

  18. Adjudication of Speeches will be based on the awards of 50 marks in two categories i.e. Content (60%) (as stated at Rule 4 herein above) and Manner which includes style, language, fluency and clarity (40%).

  19. All decision of the Judges shall be final and are not appealable.

  20. All speakers shall be personally responsible for the content of their speeches. The Organizers including PROHAM and BAC shall not be responsible or held liable for the content or conduct of the Speakers and Judges.


  21. There is no maximum or minimum age requirement for Speakers.

  22. Speakers may modify their Speech and present a completely different one for each level of competition should there be different levels of competition.

  23. Speakers will be attired in Court Chambers’ attire, please refer to

  24. Speakers will not use visual aids or other electronic media.

  25. Speakers will not use gimmicks (such as but not limited to any device or stunt used to distract or solicit participation from the audience, such as clothing, costumes, props, singing, use of background music or musical instruments, or leading a cheer or chant).

  26. Gestures (defined as subtle physical action that is meant to highlight or support a point and which shall not distract the audience and shall not require any participation from the audience) are allowed.

  27. Each Judge may orally state the strengths and weakness of each Speaker and the score given for that Speaker at the end of each level of competition, subject to the discretion of the Judges.

  28. If there is a tie on the marks given, then the Judges shall decide to either declare two joint champions or reevaluate or review the scores given.


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